Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Random Thoughts on a Very Deer Season

I fell in love one day over the holiday season.....again.

I walked into Anthropologie in San Antonio and sitting beneath one of their fabulous groupings of trees were two reindeer. I know they were just waiting for me.

I know it.

A few days later, low and behold, there were two more waiting for me to pick them up at the Austin Anthropologie when I took my daughter to the airport.

 Textural, whimsical, made of recycled fabrics - a little bit funky with
a whole lotta charm.

Most of all, they make me smile from ear to ear, which is my most important criteria when bringing something new into my home.


They fit right in with my velvet pumpkins on the dining room table - love these pink and green pumpkins, which clearly are not JUST for Thanksgiving -


and they are wonderful colors! 


Here are just a few more shots of holiday decor around my house............

My stone fruit took up new residence with a glitzy tree and some magnolia leaves for the holiday season.

Love my old bottle brush wreaths and trees, with a few old glittery German candy containers and some old tree toppers.............

and some old Christmas boxes collected over the years, which I adore!

Who, but only my very dear friend, Barbara, would think to give me a box full of tree fungi?
 (Look, Joan!!)
  I almost began hyperventilating when I opened the box. Beautiful colors and shapes and sizes..........and a whole bunch of them!!

Being a nature lover and totally crazy about animals, I would never have killed these lovely creatures. But with marriage comes compromise, so if they have to hang on my walls, may as well dress them for the festivities, right?

At the end of this third year of part time, random blogging, I would like to say.....

thanks for reading my casual and often erratic ruminations,

thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with me when you comment,

and may the new year bring you happiness, good health 

and lots of FUN with those you hold 
deer to your heart.

P.S. I swear we did not stage these last two shots for this post. This is the kind of thing that goes on at my house all the time!


  1. Your house looks like a fun house. The best kind. I love the painting in the first picture above your Anthropologie deer...who is the artist? I love a house that can house art.

    Also, I have a dear friend who lives in your town (Edyth O'Neill).


  2. Great photos. I like the Anthropologie deer, too. Look like it's a lot of fun at your house.

  3. Happy New Year, Ann!
    I just love those darling fabric reindeer, they are very much "you". :-)

    Hope to see you in the New Year and do up the town!


  4. no way - just too funny! Your little Anthropologie reindeer are completely and utterly adorable. And after you mentioned old gift boxes and tins, it reminds me that I should bring some of my old ones out to use them! I'm gathering strands of ribbon in a cut-open cereal box now. Pathetic!! Wishing you a new year full of joy and prosperity.

  5. You put scarfs on the deer heads?? Brilliant!! I have an uncle who puts a santa hat on each one of his!

    Happy Wednesday Darling! xo

    I'm doing a perfume giveaway right now if you're interested!

  6. love the Anthro deer and the mounted ones are too cute w/their scarves!!

  7. The deer are so cute! I really love old Christmas boxes and yours look so very pretty.I think I like them because they represent a really neat era that is past but one that was also brings good memories.

  8. Hi Ann...can I come over? I'll be good, I promise...I won't steal the antlers or anything...really...and I luv fungi too...we are twins

    love to you and yours & happy new year

    kelley : 0 )

  9. Great blog! I have to say, I love what you've done with the deer heads! My brother used to hunt, and for a short while he moved in with me many years ago. The first thing he did was put his deer head over my front door. The first thing I did was decorate it with necklaces and earrings on the horns. While my brother pretended not to be amused, he did leave the deer in this state the entire time he stayed with me. And it was a fabulous conversation piece. I miss the little deer! Have a wonderful New Year!
    Take Care,

  10. Adore your new deer - a very Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  11. Hi Ann, Have been popping in to read your blog recently. My hubby and I are in the process of creating our own Hill Country house in Austin. Actually a total remodel I call timeless Hill Country. So big doin's in the New Year! Best to you and peace and love to all. Marg ps. The deer are just perfect - love!

  12. Happy new year....Love this blog!!! My wish is that you would post more often! You inspire the artist in me.

  13. Love the deer and your Christmas collections are so charming. I especially love your decorated deer heads! Best to you in 2011!



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